A look at other stadium projects around the country

The Bears, Bills, Chiefs Titans and Rays all have deals in various stages of development.

  • By Ric Anderson
  • | 7:00 p.m. May 14, 2024
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Nissan Stadium is underway in Nashville, Tennessee.
Nissan Stadium is underway in Nashville, Tennessee.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars’ “Stadium of the Future” is among several stadium projects that have been proposed in recent years in NFL-market cities, most of which have involved public funding. Also included is the new stadium development for the Tampa Bay Rays. Here are some of them:  

Tennessee Titans

Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Estimated cost: $2.1 billion

Public funding: 60%


• $500 million from the state of Tennessee. 

• $760 in revenue bonds from the Nashville Metro Sports Authority

• $840 from the Titans, with help from a $200 million loan from the NFL

Status: Broke ground in March 2024

Highmark Stadium in Buffalo, New York, is under construction.

Buffalo Bills

Highmark Stadium, Buffalo, New York

Estimated cost: $1.54 billion

Public funding: 55%


• $600 million from the state of New York 

• $250 from Erie County

• $690 million from Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula, including a $200 million loan from the NFL

Status: Under construction

Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Raiders

Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas

Cost: $1.9 billion

Public funding: 37.8%


• $750 million in funding from an increase in hotel room taxes in Clark County by 0.88 of a percentage point

• $1.22 billion from the Raiders, including a $470.8 million loan from Bank of America, $549 million from sales of personal seat licenses and a $200 million loan from the NFL 

Status: Opened in 2020

SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles was built without public funding.

Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers

SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles

Cost: $5.8 billion

Public funding: None


• SoFi, the home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, was funded by Rams owner Stan Kroenke. It is the most expensive stadium in the U.S.

Status: Opened in 2020

Citizens rejected a sales tax increase for a new stadium for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals

GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium and Royals Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Public funding: None


• In April 2024, voters in Jackson County, Missouri, rejected a 3/8th-cent sales tax increase for 40 years to provide $2 billion to upgrade the Chiefs stadium and building a new Downtown stadium for the MLB Royals.

• The outcome of the vote prompted speculation about team relocations, including across the Missouri River into Kansas City, Kansas.

Status: Uncertain

A new stadium in St. Petersburg’s Historic Gas Plant District is proposed for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team.

Tampa Bay Rays

New stadium in St. Petersburg’s Historic Gas Plant District

Cost: $1.3 billion

Public funding: $600 million


• The Tampa Bay Rays and Hines, a global real estate company, plan the project on the 87-acre Historic Gas Plant District where Tropicana Field now stands.

• The stadium is part of a $6 billion, 8 million-square-foot mixed-use development with residential, retail, hotel, medical, hotel, parks and office space,

• St. Petersburg and Pinellas County would share in the public funding for the stadium.

 • The team will also be responsible for all cost overruns.

Status: The St. Petersburg City Council is examining the development agreement.

The Chicago Bears want to build a $4.75 billion on the banks of Lake Michigan.

Chicago Bears

Replacement for Soldier Field, Chicago

Projected cost: $4.75 billion

Public funds: $2.4 billion

• Domed stadium would be at the center of Museum Campus, a 57-acre park facing Lake Michigan.

• The Bears want to break ground in the summer of 2025 open the stadium in 2028.

• $900 million would be funded by a 2% tax on hotel stays. More than $1 billion would be needed from other public sources.

Status: The plan was proposed April 24 and is facing opposition on multiple fronts.



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